Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

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Jefferson Davis State Historic Site

Kentucky

(270) 889-6100

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Overview

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site is a memorial to the famous Kentuckian born on this site on June 3, 1808. Ironically, just eight months later, and not more than 100 miles away, another great Kentucky statesman was born, Abraham Lincoln. The two men were destined to become Civil War adversaries: Union President, Abraham Lincoln, and Confederate President, Jefferson Davis. Although Davis is most well-known for his service as President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, he was actually a reluctant secessionist.

Davis distinguished himself as a military and political leader not only during the Civil War, but also as a West Point graduate, Mexican War hero, Mississippi congressman and senator, and Secretary of War during the Franklin Pierce administration.

The 351-foot monument to Davis constructed on this site marks Davis' birthplace and rests on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone. The visitor center features exhibits detailing Davis' political life before and after the Civil War, and offers Kentucky handcrafts, souvenirs, books and Civil War memorabilia.

Map of Jefferson Davis (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.843387, -87.300062

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    In 1907 at a reunion of the Orphan's Brigade of the Confederate Army, General Simon Bolivar Buckner, a famous Confederate general from Kentucky, proposed that a monument be built to honor Jefferson Davis at the site of his birthplace. The 351 foot obelisk rests on a foundation of solid Kentucky limestone, and contains walls seven feet thick at the base, tapering to two feet thick where the point inclines. The monument features an elevator to an observation room high atop the structure for a panoramic view of the countryside. The Monument has undergone major renovation and reopened to visitors in May 2004.

    The visitor's center features exhibits detailing Davis' political life before and after the Civil War and the building of the monument. Also told is the little known story of the Kentucky "Orphan Brigade."

    Open 9am - 5pm daily, April thru November 15.

    Admission to Museum or Monument: $3.00 for Adults; $2.00 for 55+, military, and ages 4 - 12; 3 & under FREE.

    Combination Museum and Monument: $5 Adults; $4 Military & Seniors; $3 Ages 4-12.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy your next family outing under the proud auspices of the historic monument. A picnic area, two picnic shelters (near rest room facilities) and a playground are available at the monument site.

    Large shelter (holds 100) and small shelter (holds 50) are available for rental with 10 days advanced notice. Call 270-889-6100.

Directions

Driving

The site and monument are 9 miles east of Hopkinsville on US 68.

Phone Numbers

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(270) 889-6100

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